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Griner had doctor’s note for cannabis


A lawyer for WNBA star Brittney Griner at her drug possession trial in Russia on Friday gave the court a U.S. doctor’s letter recommendi­ng she use medical cannabis to treat pain. Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and standout for the Phoenix Mercury, was arrested at Moscow’s Sheremetye­vo Airport in February after customs officials said they found vape canisters containing cannabis oil in her luggage. She faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted on charges of transporti­ng drugs. In court last week, Griner pleaded guilty and acknowledg­ed possessing the canisters but said she had no criminal intent and said they were in her luggage because she packed hastily in her return to Russia to play for the UMMC Ekaterinbu­rg basketball team during the WNBA’s offseason. Since that plea, her court sessions have focused on in-person and written testimony to her good character and athletic prowess. “The attending physician gave Brittney recommenda­tions for the use of medical cannabis,” said her lawyer, Maria Blagovolin­a. “The permission was issued on behalf of the Arizona Department of Health.” Medical marijuana is not legal in Russia.

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